India in England 2011 August 30, 2011

Concussed Gambhir to return home


In a major setback for India, Gautam Gambhir has not yet recovered from his concussion and will return home. "He went to an eye specialist today and it seems he continues to suffer from concussion," Shivlal Yadav, the Indian team manager, said.

At Tuesday's media conference, MS Dhoni admitted that Gambhir's loss would be a big one. "He has done really well for us not only as an opening batsman but he has also batted at No. 3 when Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have opened," he said. "He is one opener who also plays spin very well. It will be a big loss."

Gambhir hit his head on the ground while falling back attempting to catch Kevin Pietersen on the third day of the final Test at The Oval during England's first innings. He immediately left the field and was dropped down the batting order in both innings, but was clearly struggling with the injury and failed to make an impact, scoring 10 and 3 runs as India lost by an innings and eight runs. Gambhir's recovery took a further hit when a Stuart Broad bouncer on the final day hit him flush on the back of the helmet.

Doubts persisted over his availability for the solitary Twenty20 and one-day series but Gambhir travelled with the squad for the three practice matches. He, however, did not play in any of the three wins the Indians registered. On the eve of the T20 game against Leicester, Gambhir faced the fast bowlers in the nets and complained about failing to sight the ball clearly. Yadav had informed ESPNcricinfo that Gambhir would be visiting an eye specialist in Manchester.

According to Yadav, no replacement has been named yet and Dhoni would be speaking to the BCCI's top brass and the selectors on the subject.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • saurabh on September 2, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    he will definitely play champions league

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @Raju Sandhu: Gambhir as and how much you want to...but why do you have to criticize Dhoni for these injuries? If you can think a bit, it was under Dhoni that Gambhir stabilized himself in the team..the 2007 t20 world cup and the following series were under was then that GG stabilized himself..and speaking of close-in fielders, in India, always the opening batsmen stand in the close-in positions...starting from SS Das and Ramesh, Devang Gandhi, Laxman and Dravid their early parts of their career, Abhinav Mukund..there are some exceptions Cheteshwar Pujara.. And in the matches when GG got hit on his hand at short leg..there was no Mukund of Pujara in the Gambhir was the only one who could field at close-in.. Raina is a slip fielder and not a professional short leg or silly point fielder...

  • Ravidutt on September 1, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    but i bet hes gonna play the champions league

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    @final authourity - people take 6 moths to recover from concussioun steyn was actually out for 2 weeks after that @pradeep bharadwaj totaly agree people here in india ust like to criticise

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Shame on those who are saying bad about Gambhir, india won the t-20 world cup and icc world cup 2011 because of gambhir. India reached many times in the final and samifinals of world cup.but won only three times, because the gambir (serious or commited ) players like gautom gambhir and Kapil was calling dhoni as a hero now what he doing in england? just watching footbal match. He was great in past because of some good players like gambhir. Dhoni is responsible for gambhir's injuries why he always put him on close catching postions always. Dhoni don't want to see him in the team. He only making room or raina and other players from csk ipl

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    i dont understand why these people have to comment if they donot understand is a guy who played with broken finger in south africa, played the most amazing innings in the final to win india the world cup and they question his credibility.any injury to the head especially a concussion takes a long time to heal.if he recovers in time he will definitely play in the champions league as KKR bought him for a very hefty price.whats wrong with that??gd luck to the gutsy gambhir.hope he recovers fast.he adds charm to whichever tournament he plays

  • django on September 1, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Sounds like he was hit by a car. I am no doctor though so I will have to trust whats reported. A few other Indians are probably wishing they had his concussion so they can get out of England. The beating for India isnt quite finished though, just a whole bunch of ODI's to go.....

  • Prem on September 1, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Seriously I doubt Gambhir is keen to play - how can one stay concussed for so long? In one match Dale Steyn hit his head harder than Gambhir when taking a catch, was knocked out cold but recovered to play the next match. Is Gambhir really interested in playing for India or himself? Remember this is the player who played through IPL4 even though he was carrying an injury.

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    seriously if any of the injured player who did not performed or played here is in CL, he should be banned from the national team....

  • kan on August 31, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    i think Gambhir wanted to go back, so that he can take some rest and prepare for Champions League, it is such a shame Gambhir, that you put your IPL team over India !! he should be dropped in next indian series as well for such attitude

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